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It All Comes Together

Saturday, April 04, 2015

It's been a long time since my music spoke to me, joined with me and added to my life with such resonance as it did today.

Most of you know how much Jackson Browne's "Alive In the World" speaks to my soul. I realized today that I have another anthem.

For my music when running I use an 8 GB Sansa Clip. Simple, small, convenient. Still use it to save from draining my cell phone. A feature it has is to "rate" songs on a one to five star basis. But who's going to put music on their mp3 player that they don't like?

Instead I use the rating system to grade music as to how much it gets me moving, pumps me up. That way when I'm working out I can choose to play only my top-rated music...i.e. the music that moves me.

Today I learned that this can be WAY relative! I knew the clip was set to play all of my music and not my top-rated music, but since it kicked off with a pretty good song I left that setting alone to see where it would take me.

The Chenango river had swollen to even greater heights. No longer were chunks of ice floating along. It was colder outside, around 40, but ample sun, blue sky and puffy clouds with the swift river churning in the same direction as I jogged alongside feeling pretty good. Nothing like sunshine to fire me up outdoors!

As I jogged along the riverwalk through the Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade, John Lennon's "Imagine" begins. It fit in perfectly with my mood, my feeling of oneness with the sky, the river, the wildlife, the occasional people and I realized that this song encompasses so many of my core beliefs, values, hopes and dreams. I often refer to myself as one of Lennon's Dreamers. Today it felt like I was celebrating one of the major axes of my life with one of those peak moments where it all comes together with the flow of the river and my jogging and was so richly affirming.

One of the benefits of listening to music when jogging, even if the music isn't dishing up peak experiences like the above, is that it largely masks the sound of the slap, slap, slapping of my belly skin against my thighs. But not always. I had to chuckle when Huey Lewis' "Stuck With You" failed to drown out the slap and inwardly rolled my eyes and sighed: perhaps the universe was trying to tell me something? All that loose skin and I...we're kinda "stuck" with each other. Due to costs and risks of surgery, I'm not about to DO anything about it. So we ARE stuck with each other. Guess I'd better make peace with that and make the best of it, eh...?

My third day of jogging over an hour a day had me feeling pretty sore. With all due respect to Mr. Galloway, my Mr. No-Walk won out today and maintained the jog throughout our route, even some semblance of a jogging gait as I hobbled back to the fitness center. The soreness of the past three days having accumulated I decided I would do some lazy laps in the pool to stretch out and then pamper myself with 10 minutes in the hot tub...what a help that was! Still sore and WAY tired, but it's a good sore...the kind that grows muscles and strength!

Happy Easter everyone! Celebrate yourselves, your life, your SPARK!

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    I believe Huey Lewis sings..I'm HAPPY to be stuck with you.....perhaps an opportunity to find a sliver lining here? How on Earth would you have that skin if you hadn't accomplished SOOOO very much with regard to your fitness? Spark on, imagine and in the words of Pharrell...I'm happy....like a room without a roof.
    1441 days ago
    I too love to listen to music while I do my intervals. Some days I like regimen of a planned program and some I just like the spontaneity of whatever comes up. Some insurances will play for tummy tucks with your degree of weight loss. Patients can get repeated irritation and yeast in those folds. If that still isn't an option for you, make peace with it. It's a symbol of how far you've come!!
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    1445 days ago
    This was such a positive and uplifting post. I find there are many songs that I love, but only certain ones that inspire. I can identify with your body issues already after just my small 40 lb loss and expect to have lots of loose skin waiting for me at the end i=of my journey. Thanks for leading the way in self acceptance.
    1445 days ago
    Another good run. emoticon for your insight on the music we listen to.
    1446 days ago
    I love the song Imagine!
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  • GABY1948
    I also agree music can "sooth the beast" for me!

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    1447 days ago
    Happy Easter to you. Music . . . it speaks to my soul too. It soothes my soul. Sounds like your jog was just what you needed. Yeah for the hot tub!

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  • L*I*T*A*
    Happy Easter to you and yours!!
    1447 days ago
    Happy Easter!!!
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  • KANOE10
    emoticon Happy Easter. I love your blog. What a great run combined with great music.

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    Comment edited on: 4/5/2015 8:04:39 AM
    I have a ton of music on my iPhone, but I haven't listened to it in quite some time. I use to listen whenever I did my 5K training. It really is a good way to get a person pumping! And that is most likely the reason I have left the music behind for now - because I don't want to frustrate myself with no longer being able to run. Besides, walking in "silence" allows me the opportunity to clear some space in my head. Surprisingly enough this approach can get me pumping too as I work through a particular problem or frustration.

    I smiled when I can to this part of your blog and could almost feel the energy right through the computer screen:

    "Today it felt like I was celebrating one of the major axes of my life with one of those peak moments where it all comes together with the flow of the river and my jogging and was so richly affirming." I love it when that happens!


    1447 days ago
    What a joyful blog! Dream on, sharing all the world! emoticon
    1447 days ago
    Boy, I wish I could walk along a river when I do my daily walks - I just know that I would be able to walk much farther. Unfortunately for me, I live in the 'burbs - nowhere near a river. Oh well, I can try to "Imagine" a river, right? emoticon
    1447 days ago
    Those moments are to be cherished! We can feel your exuberance and joy.

    And: you are OK. Just as you are. Me too.
    1447 days ago
    Music is a miracle worker for me. Keeps me going. Love the blog. Happy Easter. Mama Judy
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  • _LINDA
    Sounds fantabulous!! emoticon emoticon Way to work it!!
    I so wish I could listen to music out in city walks to drown the traffic out, but discovered those things make me deaf, even on the lowest possible setting. But if I am out in nature I like to listen to that anyway. I hitch my pants/shorts up so they are right in the middle of the belly flab so this tends not to bounce, so what if it looks like a redneck lol. But also my shorts are supportive too, almost like bike shorts. I hide the bulges under a loose shirt of course.
    Keep on being Sparktacular!
    1448 days ago
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